- Publisher: Scribner; 1st Edition edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340898933
- ISBN-13: 978-0340898932
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.6 x 24 cm
- Shipping Weight: 998 g
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,420,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lisey's Story Hardcover – 2006
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Since his first novel was published in 1974, Stephen King has stretched the boundaries of the written word, not only bringing horror to new heights, but trying his hand at nearly every possible genre, including children's books, graphic novels, serial novels, literary fiction, nonfiction, westerns, fantasy, and even e-books (remember The Plant?). With Lisey's Story, once again King is trying something different. Lisey's Story is as much a romance as it is a supernatural thriller--but don't let us convince you. Who better to tell readers if King has written a romantic thriller than Nora Roberts? We asked Nora to read Lisey's Story and give us her take. Check out her review below. --Daphne Durham
Guest Reviewer: Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts, who also writes under the pseudonym J.D. Robb, is the author of way too many bestselling books to name here (over 150!), but some of our favorites include: Angel's Fall, Born in Death, Blue Smoke, and The Reef.
Stephen King hooked me about three decades ago with that sharply faceted, blood-stained jewel, The Shining. Through the years he's bumped my gooses with kiddie vampires, tingled my spine with beloved pets gone rabid, justified my personal fear of clowns and made me think twice about my cell phone. I've always considered The Stand--a long-time favorite--a towering tour de force, and have owed its author a debt as this was the first novel I could convince my older son to read from cover to cover.
But with Lisey's Story, King has accomplished one more feat. He broke my heart.
Lisey's Story is, at its core, a love story--heart-wrenching, passionate, terrifying and tender. It is the multi-layered and expertly crafted tale of a twenty-five year marriage, and a widow's journey through grief, through discovery and--this is King, after all--through a nightmare scape of the ordinary and extraordinary. Through Lisey's mind and heart, the reader is pulled into the intimacies of her marriage to bestselling novelist Scott Landon, and through her we come to know this complicated, troubled and heroic man.
Two years after his death, Lisey sorts through her husband's papers and her own shrouded memories. Following the clues Scott left her and her own instincts, she embarks on a journey that risks both her life and her sanity. She will face Scott's demons as well as her own, traveling into the past and into Boo'ya Moon, the seductive and terrifying world he'd shown her. There lives the power to heal, and the power to destroy.
Lisey Landon is a richly wrought character of charm and complexity, of realized inner strength and redoubtable humor. As the central figure she drives the story, and the story is so vividly textured, the reader will draw in the perfumed air of Boo'ya Moon, will see the sunlight flood through the windows of the Scott's studio--or the night press against them. Her voice will be clear in your ear as you experience the fear and the wonder. If your heart doesn't hitch at the demons she faces in this world and the other, if it doesn't thrill at her courage and endurance, you're going to need to check with a cardiologist, first chance.
Lisey's Story is bright and brilliant. It's dark and desperate. While I'll always consider The Shining, my first ride on King's wild Tilt-A-Whirl, a gorgeous, bloody jewel, I found, on this latest ride, a treasure box heaped with dazzling gems.
A few of them have sharp, hungry teeth. --Nora Roberts
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
King's latest bid for literary respectability is read by acclaimed actress Winningham, best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in Georgia. Winningham glazes King's novel in multiple coats of Southern honey, her voice shimmering with an old-fashioned glow for the tale of Lisey Landon, wife of acclaimed novelist Scott Landon, and her effort to discover the source of her husband's inspiration after his death. Winningham is a good fit for King in a less terror-filled mood, capturing the book's blend of the sentimental and the comic. The narrative is ushered in and out by the strains of Ryan Adams's "When the Stars Go Blue," and King reads his own afterword, where he details the sources of his own inspiration, carefully distancing himself and his loved ones from the characters in his book while making it clear that, like Scott Landon, he must dive deep into his subconscious and into the pool of literary history, to find inspiration.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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He has a way of writing that pulls you in and, before you know it, you're deep into a story, caring for characters and waiting with anticipation to find out how everything will finish up. With a King novel though, things never go in the direction you think they will.
That's part of what makes him a great writer. He always keeps the reader guessing and still manages to shock them after writing for decades. Not every writer can stay fresh over such a long period of time. King is constantly changing, developing and trying new things. It's what sets him apart from everyone else.
His crowning achievement, in my opinion, is Lisey's Story.
Now, I know that he's not everyone's cup of tea, but Lisey's Story will satisfy even the pickiest reader. Stephen King has really written a literary love story that has little horror but lots of emotion.
Lisey Landon is a grieving widow. Her husband, prize winning novelist Scott Landon, has died and Lisey is cleaning out his office. While she goes over the pieces of paper and old manuscript pages, she is assailed with memories long forgotten of a place Scott used to tell her about: Boo'ya Moon. A place where shadows breathed and the impossible was possible.
Lisey has more to worry about than old papers and painful memories, however. There is a crazed fan, a man with no morals. He believes that there is a lost novel by Scott Landon and will do anything it takes to get his hands on it. Even if it means killing Lisey.
Although trying to fight memories that are coming to the surface, Lisey must remember everything she has forced herself to forget or she may die before her own story has finished its run.
This is without a doubt the best book that Stephen King has written. It's got something for everyone: romance, suspense, a bit of horror, a dash of fantasy.
The book is so different from King's regular fare. There is depth here, depth of character and of plot. There is beauty here as well. Though some of the pages have sharp teeth, it's an engaging story from the first word to the last.
The book clocks in at over five hundred pages (over six hundred in its new paperback form) but the entire novel is a masterpiece. Despite being so different from everything else he has written, I think this is actually one of the book's strengths. There have been comparisons to Rose Madder and Gerald's Game, but in my opinion, Lisey's Story stands on its own as there is nothing to compare it to.
What makes Lisey's Story so gorgeous is its beauty. Lisey is a woman we all know thrust into incredible circumstances. Instead of a story about the everyman, we are told the story of the everywoman. It's a story I want to read again and again. And you will too. All you have to do is turn to the first page.
And start reading.
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